Saturday, June 30, 2007

TV iPhone Home

Things are a bit messy in Britney Spears-land these days, what with the strained tension betwixt daughter and mother, Lynne Spears. Since the release of those sad photos of Britney hand-delivering a not-so-nice letter to Lynne yesterday we're hearing more about where that strained tension may be stemming from. Britney contends that Mama Lynne and estranged hubby Kevin Federline conspired with her former manager Larry Rudolph to force her into rehab which she now claims was an unnecessary act because she was never abusing drugs or alcohol (and apparently only complied in order to keep them from trying to take away her children). Since that incident, Britney fired Larry Rudolph and has stayed away from both K-Fed and Lynne. It appears that Britney has reignited her anger towards her mother because of Lynne's desire to speak publicly about everything that happened (we know that Lynne wanted to go on The View to tell her side of the story [which got cancelled at the last minute, prolly due to Britney's disapproval] and there are reports that she wants to write a book) ... which has brought us to where we are now. Ugh. Here are pictures of Britney gettin' her hawtness on out with some pals for a night on the town last night because, I guess, she feels justified since she contends that she never had a partying problem in the first place:

Photo credit: Splash News

Britney Spears feels totally betrayed by her mom, her soon-to-be ex husband, her former manager and Promises, the rehab facility she called home for nearly a month. In short, she claims she never had a drug or alcohol problem but was railroaded into rehab. Sources tell TMZ that Lynne Spears, Kevin Federline and then-manager Larry Rudolph all pressured Britney to check herself in. We're told Spears acknowledged having emotional problems after her second child was born, but strongly maintained she did not have a drug or alcohol problem. Nonetheless, multiple sources say Federline threatened to go public by going to court to wrestle custody from her if she didn't go to rehab. Sources say Spears could not withstand the pressure from her mom, Federline and Rudolph, and checked into Promises last February 20 ... After leaving Promises, as paparazzi waited for the golden shot of Britney drinking again, she began getting angry that she was at a rehab facility in the first place. Britney and her assistant, Allie Sims, called Promises multiple times, asking for a copy of the report showing that she tested dirty for drugs and/or alcohol when she checked in. We're told it took several days to get an answer. Only two reports were sent to Britney's rep, both showing no drug or alcohol use whatsoever. Most shocking, the first report was dated March 7, 15 days after Britney checked in. Sources say one of Britney's reps then called the facility and asked for any evidence of a dirty test, but she was told there was nothing in the file ... Britney fired Rudolph and has now drawn a line in the sand with her mom. As for Federline, we're told he's threatened to go to court and question Britney's fitness as a mom every time there's a disagreement. Spears, who is extremely protective, does not want to expose her kids to a public battle, so she's caved on many of his demands. So we're just now hearing about how ugly the whole situation has been for all these months. I suppose I can understand why Britney feels angry and betrayed. I guess we can't fault her for going out and having a little fun every once in a while and, if anything, at least Britney has learned a little restraint. I sincerely hope, for her sake and for the sake of her children, that she is able to, at some point, repair the rift between her and her mother. If she never speaks to K-Fed or Larry again, I'd be fine with it ... but I do hope that she can make peace with her mother again. [Source]

In less dramatic news, former jailbird Paris Hilton is enjoying a whole lotta freedom down in Hawaii this weekend. Here are pictures of Paris breathing in all that vast, fresh, free air at a beach in Hawaii yesterday:

Photo credit: Splash News

It's plainly obvious that she is thoroughly enjoying her newfound freedom. In fact, it actually looks like she's enjoying it so much that she wants to have sex with it. Yeah, she hasn't really changed all that much at all. [Source]

Here are a few pictures of the amazing Mariah Carey performing at her enormous One Mighty Party concert benefiting the Elton John AIDS Foundation at Disneyland Paris in Marne La Vallee, France last night. As you can see, Mariah whipped out all the right moves and props for the grand affair ... making sure to do it better than and outdiva all the other beyotches out there:

With a microphone in one hand and an umbrella in the other, Mariah warmed up 5,000 fans at the first French Mighty Party, an exceptional concert given at Disneyland to help the Elton John Foundation's fight against AIDS. Joking about the unfavorable weather, the singer said some witty remarks, and cheered on by the audience, most of whom participated in the "Pride Walk" that was scheduled earlier in the capital. "Okay, it rains, but it's okay, I'm dropping the umbrella and what a pity for my hair," said Mariah, in a hooded mini-cardigan dress, before hitting the notes in "Heartbreaker." "Wow, I have to warm things up!" she said, putting her breasts back to their place, they were obviously too tight in the outfit. "Because I'm a diva, I gotta check what's going wrong," she joked again, watching herself in a diamond mirror a dancer gave her. "Well, it is a total and complete mess," she added. "Next time I'm gonna do 'Singing In The Rain' instead." The diva also took her diamond necklace off, and her other jewelries thrown into the audience while singing the remixes to "Dreamlover" and "We Belong Together." But she took the time to change her outfit between each song. "I'm a Mickey girl!" she concluded, all wet, saying goodbye to the audience. Meanwhile, fireworks lightened up the sky above the castle of The Sleeping Beauty. It must be said that Mimi is THE reining diva these days even if she has been out of the spotlight for a bit. Leave it to Mariah to whip out all the tricks used by the other ladies and utilize them more successfully. Love it! [Source, Source]

Here are a few pictures of the last day of shooting on Matthew McConaughey's new movie Surfer Dude. As you can see, Matthew successfully managed to get up on that board a few times in order to appear like a bona fide surfer dude:

Photo credit: Splash News

I ain't even gonna lie -- I have ZERO interest in seeing this movie when it comes out (whenever it comes out) but I do appreciate all of Matthew's hard work (and hard muscles) and have thoroughly enjoyed the sexy, wet pictures that have come out of this shoot :D [Source]

In other wet news, here are a few pics of Colin Farrell gettin' amorous with his new lady love Muireann McDonnell at a hotel pool in Las Vegas, NV. It appears that the playboy as finally settled down and has decided on one chick:

You know, it's really sweet to see Colin settling down with a single lady (and an Irish lady at that). He's been famously poking everything in sight all over Hollywood and seeing him calm down in a monogamous relationship is nice. Of course, if these two end up making a sex tape that would kinda ruin all the niceness so we'll just cross our fingers and hope for the best. [Source]

Here's a quick Mary-Kate Olsen update ... she spent yesterday afternoon (among other things, I'm sure) picking up lunch at Joan's on Third and scratching her booty in public ...

Photo credit: Splash News

... you know, just in case you were wondering. I really hope she washed her hands afterwards. [Source]

Here are the first pics of Harrison Ford and Shia LeBeouf shooting scenes together in Connecticut on the set of the fourth installment of the Indiana Jones franchise:

Photo credit: INFdaily

I love Shia but WTF is going on with that hair? Here's hoping he hides that bouffant underneath the trademark Indiana Jones hat at some point in the film. [Source]

And finally, I won't be posting photos submitted by Pink is the new Blog readers today (don't worry, I'll make it up soon) because I'm devoting this section to a very special Pink reader who is celebrating her high school graduation today back in Detroit. I have to send out lots of LURVE and CONGRATS to Adrienne who will be going to Western Michigan University in the Fall:

From what I understand, Adrienne is a fan of the blog and I am very happy to shout her out in this way for her graduation. My dear Tracey gave me the scoop on Adrienne, telling me all about the great things she says to her friends about the blog and I want to show my appreciation. Have a great day, Adrienne! And you better come out to Zakiya's 2nd birthday party in August cuz I'll be there and I owe you a big hug! Love and congrats again!! XOXO

Les News:
  • HERE is a list of the 10 things Apple got right with the iPhone and 10 things that still need tweaking.
  • Hey, guess what! Paris Hilton is lying again.
  • Is Cameron Diaz a homewrecker?
  • Peace the Spork Out goes to Joel Siegel, he was 63 years old.
  • Fantasia Barrino is 23, David Alan Grier is 52 and Lena Horne is 90 years old today. Click HERE to see who else is celebrating a birthday today.
  • Stella McCartney will co-host a virtual anti-fur protest.
Okay ... so I decided that I wasn't going to be waiting in line for the seemingly impossible to get iPhone yesterday because I figured that surely it cannot be impossible to get. I ended up venturing out at 6PM, right when they were scheduled to go on sale. The AT&T store that I went to first didn't even have them in stock ... so I make my way to another one and got in line. 2 1/2 hours later I was allowed to ORDER one from the store because they had sold out (I was told it would arrive "in about 5 days" but without guarantee). At this point, I was satisfied ... and then I thought, It's funny what people are happy to accept when their options disappear right before their eyes.

But last night I learned that you can check the stock of Apple stores' iPhone inventory to see if your local store has any in stock (apparently, the Apple stores are getting a new shipment each night for sale the next morning at 9AM). So this morning I trekked out to the Glendale Galleria and picked up my iPhone :) It's still charging but the activation, set-up and syncing took less than 10 minutes. I haven't had time to play with it much but it's a much cooler little gadget than I thought it would be. I've yet to determine its practicality.

A couple of things, it sounds as if people like me are having a much easier time getting the iPhone today than they did yesterday. Oh, and you're better off going to an Apple store rather than an AT&T store.

After all the iPhone drama last night, I had to get cleaned up and head over to the Roosevelt Hotel for my concert date with Prince. As far as Prince shows go, last night's was pretty damn good ... the setlist was amazing (tho not as long as other shows I've seen). There was no photography allowed inside the ballroom but I did snap a few atmospheric pics outside and in the lobby:

Here is the setlist from last night's show:

When the Saints Go Marching In (intro)
Untitled/Some song about a Cockeyed girl
U Got the Look
Musicology (with selected fans dancing on stage)
What Have U Done 4 Me Lately (vocals by The Twinz)
Piano interlude, Sax solo
Somewhere Here On Earth
Love is a Losing Game (vocals by Shelby J)
Sweet Thang (vocals by Shelby J)
Take Me With U
Black Sweat
If I Was Your Girlfriend
Purple Rain

Then there was an after show jazz jam in the lobby that lasted for another hour. Prince entered from the back and milled about the crowd, passing me 3 times and brushing past me once. He played for a little while with the band but the only song I recognized was AnotherLoverHoleInYourHead. After the main show, I managed to score a used guitar pick from the stage! Overall it was a great night.

I got to meet Pink readers Nicole, Achia and Rand (who asked me give a shout out to Corey who needs to get his ass out to LA) and spyed celebs Jessica Biel (sans Justin, obvs), Chris Rock, Alanis Morissette, Nicky Hilton (who I would've thought was in Hawaii with Paris) and Tommy Lee but I'm sure there were others. The show was definitely worth every penny. Prince has another show here in LA tonight and then he heads off to Minneapolis for a special show on 07/07/07 before takes up residency in London in August. If you can, you must see him live ... he is truly amazing.

INCIDENTALLY: I must reiterate my request that I would be thrilled if a kind Londoner could help me out with a free copy of the new Prince album Planet Earth that will be distrubted with the Mail on Sunday. If you'd like to help me out, shoot me an email :)

Tonight Mike and I are going to the True Colors Concert at The Greek here in LA. But I'm off to play with my new toy right now.

Have a great Saturday, y'all! I'm out.